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1997 Eagle Talon TSI AWD oil pressure goes from zero to normal and back

I have a 1997 Eagle Talon TSI AWD, I have recently noticed that sometimes the oil pressure gauge is at zero for a while, then it moves up to about midrange, then after a while drops back down to zero again. The garage (not a dealer) says that the pressure should be around 15 psi, but shows as being around 3-5 psi and that this indicates worn engine components of various sorts, and that the engine will die within about a month. Is this...true, reasonable, possible, etc.?

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  • rubinstl Oct 29, 2008

    Oh, sorry...I wasn't clear...that's what they did...they used a mechanical test gauge.

  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

    I have had the same thing happen to my '98 Tsi. I had it looked over and everything seemed to be fine. Keep an eye on the oil to make sure that it is not low but other than that my best guess would be that somewhere along the gauge and sending unit something is worn out. 

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I would do a compression/leak down test to find out if it is worth repairing. If it is, you will have to replace the oil pump, and timing belt, and so on. Since the shop used a mechanical gauge to verify the oil pressure, I would not worry about changing the sending unit.

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Te 1st thing to do is replace the oil pressure guage sending unit, most times that is the problem, if press remains low use a mechanical test guage to verify what the oil pressure is, hook this tester up at the port the sending unit is screwed into.

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